Monday 20 April 2015
Two women who were part of Isis's powerful al-female police squad in Syria, the al-Khansa Brigade, and have now fled to Turkey, have spoken of their life under the regime and the punishments they were forced to administer to other women.
Speaking to Sky News , the women described how they Had Been married to Foreign fighters and surrounded by Foreign women who Had traveled to the Isis stronghold of Raqqa to join the Militants.
The al-Khansa Brigade was reportedly created by Isis last year, and its members make sure women are fully covered when in public, that they do not wear heels, and are accompanied by a man.
The women are trained for a month and carry guns. Reports suggest the women are paid between £ 70 and £ 100 per month. The women who spoke to Sky News explained that many European women are members of the al-Khansa Brigade, and fight on the front line, but that Arab members of the group police the streets and look after the city's affairs.
As many as 60 British women provenance thought to have joined the group by last September, with Aqsa Mahmood, the 20-year-old Glaswegian who left her family to join Isis last year, Understood to be a Prominent figure Within the force.
Likewise the three British Schoolgirls from Bethnal Green Academy in east London, who disappeared Earlier this year, are thought to have crossed into Syria and to have Reached the Extremist stronghold in Raqqa.
Veiled women walk past a billboard that carries a verse from Koran urging women to wear a hijab in Raqqa One 20-year-old woman, known as 'Doaa', which is not her real name, told Sky News that her role within the elite police squad was to lash women who tried to escape or wore the wrong clothes, though she now regrets it.
She had been part of the group until her Saudi Arabian husband, who had convinced her that joining Isis was the right move, blew himself up in an Isis suicide attack.
Doaa said the women who were caught trying to escape would receive 60 lashes, while women who simply wore heels or were not wearing the proper Islamic dress known as the abaya, were given "the standard 40 lashes".
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